Hua Mu-Lan was the beautiful daughter of a Chinese general. He had no sons, so he taught Mu-Lan all he knowew about martial arts and warfare strategies. When the Emperor called upon her father to lead the troops into battle, he was unable to go because of failing health. Being the devoted and dutiful daughter that she was, Mu-Lan disguised herself as a man and took her father's place on the battlefield. She won all the battles, and was awarded the rank of general.

While the war raged on, she fell in love with a fellow officer. He had no idea she was a woman. After the war was over, he came to visit his "comrade in arms", and she finally revealed her true identity to him. He promptly fell in love with her goodness and beauty, and they were married and lived to a ripe old age.